New York Paid Sick Leave Law Takes Effect September 30, 2020

On September 30, 2020, many New York employees will begin accruing leave under New York state’s new paid sick leave law. Enacted in April as part of a state budget bill (S7506B), the new law applies to all employers in New York regardless of size. While the accrual provisions of the law are effective September … Continued

Federal Court Invalidates Multiple Provisions of DOL FFCRA Rule

In an August 3, 2020 Opinion and Order, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York invalidated multiple provisions of the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Final Rule implementing the leave-related requirements of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The federal judge ruled that numerous provisions in the rule were unlawful … Continued

Tennessee Passes Act Requiring Accommodations for Pregnant Employees and Job Applicants

Tennessee employers with 15 or more employees should prepare to provide reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees who have medical needs arising from pregnancy or childbirth, unless the accommodation would impose an undue hardship. Governor Lee signed the supporting legislation, the Tennessee Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, on June 22, 2020, joining more than twenty-five other … Continued

Return to the Office…? Part 2: CDC Publishes Return to Work Guidance on “High Risk” Employees

Return to the Office…? Part 2: CDC Publishes Return to Work Guidance on “High Risk” Employees The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released return-to-work guidance for employers with workers at high risk of severe illness if they contract COVID-19. This includes, but is not limited to, workers with chronic lung disease, asthma, … Continued

Virginia Employers: Prepare to Provide Pregnancy-Related Accommodations

Virginia employers should get ready to provide pregnancy-related accommodations to employees beginning July 1, 2020.  Recently enacted, Virginia Senate Bill 712 amends the Virginia Human Rights Act to require covered employers to make reasonable accommodation to the known limitations of an employee related to pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions, unless the accommodation would impose … Continued

Washington Employers Must Provide Accommodations Protecting High-Risk Employees from COVID-19

Washington State Governor Jay Inslee issued Proclamation 20-46 on April 13, 2020, requiring all public and private employers to offer accommodations to high-risk employees to protect them from exposure to COVID-19. The proclamation is effective from April 13, 2020 through June 12, 2020, unless extended by Governor Inslee. The proclamation adopts the Centers for Disease … Continued